IMPORTANT: For up-to-date information about food resources during COVID-19, visit: https://coronavirus.dc.gov/food.
COVID-19 Response Efforts NEW!
Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
Am I eligible for WIC?
- Your family may be eligible to receive DC WIC benefits! Check out USDA’s to verify your eligibility status.
What foods can I buy?
- DC WIC has a new food list! New DC WIC Approved Foods
- Note: If a WIC participant is having trouble finding WIC-issued formula at the grocery store, they should speak to the store manager to see when shipments are scheduled and whether items (such as formula) can be put on hold for them.
Where can I shop?
- For a full list of DC WIC store locations click here.
- Be sure to bring your WIC ID folder to the store in order to spend your WIC benefits. If you do not bring your WIC ID folder, you cannot spend your WIC benefits. To learn more about using your WIC benefits at the grocery store, watch the following video here.
Where can I learn more?
- For additional information on the DC WIC program, visit www.dcwic.org
- CSFP has increased its distribution to homebound seniors.
- The current CSFP certification period has been extended by 90 days.
- Current CSFP participants that have not received their monthly food box please call the Capital Area Food Bank at 202-644-9880.
- For more information on CSFP/Grocery Plus program updates, please visit: https://www.capitalareafoodbank.org/covid19response/.
Federal Nutrition Assistance Programs
- Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) – Provides nutrition education, breastfeeding support, healthy foods, and referrals to healthcare and other community services to pregnant women, new mothers, infants, and children. Dads, grandparents, foster parents of young children, and working families are welcome too. WIC participants also receive vouchers to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables at the farmers market during the summer months through the WIC Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (FMNP).
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) teaches people eligible for SNAP about healthy nutrition, how to make food dollars stretch further, and how to be physically active at any age in line with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPlate.
- The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) provides seniors with low-income a monthly box of nutritious groceries and nutrition education. CSFP participants also receive vouchers to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables at the farmers market during the summer months through the Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program.
- The WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program and the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program aims to expand the awareness and use of farmers’ markets by providing fresh fruits and vegetables to women, infants (6-12 months), children and seniors.
Local Nutrition Assistance Programs
- The Produce Plus Program provides DC residents with low-income up to $20 per week to purchase local produce at Farmers Markets across the city.
- Produce Prescription Program (PRx) formerly known as Fruit and Vegetable Prescription (FVRx), supports medical professionals in the District to prescribe fresh fruit and vegetables to patients experiencing diet-related chronic illnesses (diabetes, pre-diabetes, and hypertension) and food insecurity.
- The Healthy Corner Stores Partnership empowers small businesses in underserved neighborhoods to stock and sell nutritious, affordable foods, in turn making it easier for residents to purchase healthy, fresh options.
- Joyful Food Markets are monthly free markets at 53 elementary schools in Ward 7 and 8. Students receive 23 pounds of produce and healthy pantry items in a supportive, education-focused environment.
- Home Delivered Meals provides medically-tailored meals to homebound DC residents and their caregivers. The service is available to patients with chronic diseases, including poorly managed diabetes upon recommendation of their health care provider.
- Mobile Markets bring fresh produce to all parts of the District with an emphasis on communities facing barriers to food access.